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Cross-border blockchain banking takes a big step forwards, with dangers
"Then there is IBM. As ET speculated not long ago, IBM becomes the blockchain monster. The participating banks depend on IBM for development and enhancement. They become beholden to what IBM decides, of course in consultation with its clients. Remember SWIFT. This is a member-institution that more often than not tells its members what it wants and not vice versa. Or Visa: it was once a bank member-owned ‘co-operative’. Now it is its own master."
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yesterday by jonerp
The ideological war playing out on China's internet
"As China's leaders gather in Beijing this week for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an ideological war is under way on the country's internet.

Some experts predict President Xi Jinping will use the meeting to establish a level of control and influence over the Party not seen since Mao Zedong, the strongman founder of the People's Republic.

While the internet has always been a key battleground for the Party, the past 12 months have seen a marked increase in censorship, with new laws and regulations targeting online expression even in areas or on certain topics where dissent was once tolerated or passed undetected." - James Griffiths, CNN
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship 
yesterday by dmcdev
"SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations.

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past."

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3 days ago by robertogreco
Beijing Pushes for a Direct Hand in China’s Big Tech Firms
"The Chinese government is pushing some of its biggest tech companies—including Tencent, Weibo and a unit of Alibaba—to offer the state a stake in them and a direct role in corporate decisions. Wary of the increasing power of private businesses, internet regulators have discussed taking 1% stakes with social-media powers Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Weibo Corp. and with Youku Tudou, a YouTube-like video platform owned by e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA , according to people close to the companies...A document released by China’s leadership last month to encourage entrepreneurship instructs entrepreneurs to put patriotism first and follow the party’s guidance. At Mr. Xi’s urging, a campaign is under way to set up party units in private companies." - Li Yuan, Wall Street Journal
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  weibo  tencent  alibaba 
5 days ago by dmcdev
China’s Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content’—Including Women’s Legs
"Chinese tech giant Sina Weibo has recruited 1,000 Weibo supervisors to report on 'pornographic, illegal and harmful content' after China's Cyberspace Administration investigated and fined Weibo for failing to purge banned content from its social media platform.

The policy is already having adverse effects on users, particularly young women, whose photos are being labeled 'pornographic' if they show a woman's leg, abdomen or cleavage. Users who are found to violate the rules may have their 'social credit' scores reduced, which can limit to their ability to use the platform." - Oiwan Lam, Global Voices
otf  china  weibo  censorship  asia  gfw 
5 days ago by dmcdev
Timeline: Under Xi, five years of tighter controls across Chinese society
"From Internet regulation and online censorship to a clampdown on activists and non-governmental organisations, China has tightened controls on Chinese society since Xi Jinping assumed power in late 2012, first as Communist Party chief and then as president in 2013. Xi is ready for a second five-year term as the nation's leader and is expected to consolidate his power at next week's Communist Party Congress." The timeline provides a rundown of relevant laws, rulings, arrests, and censorship events that have occurred under Xi.
otf  china  asia  censorship 
5 days ago by dmcdev
The privacy debate goes global - rights, risks and regulation in an interconnected age by MLex Market Insight | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Interesting - there isn't a direct translation of 'privacy' into Japanese and other Asian languages so the English word has been adopted there.
privacy  podcast  GDPR  Asia  PrivacyKit  roundup 
6 days ago by loughlin
Asia Dreams in Skyscrapers
Interesting article on the global economic meaning of tall buildings.
architecture  globalization  Asia  Dubai 
6 days ago by micahrobbins
Reconnecting Asia
Reconnecting Asia maps new linkages—roads, railways, and other infrastructure—that are reshaping economic and geopolitical realities across the continent. Through data curation and objective analysis, the project aims to fill Asia’s infrastructure-information gap, squaring lofty ambitions with facts on the ground. Our methodology explains the science and art behind these efforts.

This project has much in common with those it tracks. It is ambitious, covering a region that contains over a third of the world’s landmass and more than half of global GDP. It is a public good, created as part of CSIS’s mission to help citizens and decision-makers chart a course toward a better world. It is also a work in progress, and we welcome input for improvement.
csis  china  asia  infrastructure  data  database 
6 days ago by strohps
phylliscru — Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World -...
RT : Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford | |419966075
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7 days ago by heyyouapp

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